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BRAVO Profile: Maite

Maite is a 10 year old 5th grade student at Cesar Chavez School. Although she is growing up with music in her house, she is the first in her family to play an instrument. She used to sing in a choir, and is delighted now to have the opportunity to play in a band and orchestra program. She is in her second year as a clarinet student at BRAVO Cesar Chavez.

Maite says that music “teaches me better manners at the same time that is is fun. It helps me to listen better and be more understanding.”

She is proud to play the clarinet, although sometimes she wishes she played flute, as she thinks it is a “more popular’ instrument. Her favorite music is “Phantom of the Opera.” She sometimes plays music at night to relax her.   “Music helps me escape from all my responsibilities and chores, ” although she eventually does them. Mate is proud of being chosen to be in BRAVO.

Maite has a lot of interests, like art and volleyball. She wants to be an obstetrician when she grows up,” to give someone a new chance.”  She is proud of her family and of “everything I have.I admire my parents and my teachers because they teach me to be stronger and more confident.”

profile by Bonnie Reagan
portrait by Rich Kolbell

BRAVO Profile: Davina

Davina, a 7th grader at George Middle School, is in her 4th year studying violin. She loves BRAVO because she gets to express her feelings through music. Her favorite composer is Bach. When she joined BRAVO, she started learning about her family members from Cuba who were musicians. Her great grandfather played violin, her great grandmother… Continue Reading

March 16, 7pm: BRAVO Community Orchestra Winter Concert at U of P

The BRAVO Community Orchestra brings BRAVO students together with community members of all ages. Our Winter Concert program will feature selections by African-American composers Florence Price and Scott Joplin. Scott Joplin is known as the “King of Ragtime”, and Florence Price is the first African-American woman to have her compositions performed by a major orchestra. Friday,… Continue Reading

Feb 11, 3pm: BRAVO + YSE Joint Concert at Roosevelt HS

BRAVO has dozens of community partnerships and one of our favorites is with the Young String Ensemble of the Portland Youth Philharmonic. Conductor Ines Voglar (also Asst Principal Second Violin with the Oregon Symphony) approached BRAVO about a joint performance in her first year leading the ensemble.  2018 marks the third year of this partnership,… Continue Reading

Jan 15, 10:45am: MLK, Jr Day community celebration

  For 33 years the World Arts Foundation has organized a community-wide celebration honoring the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Each year since 2014, BRAVO students have been invited to launch the celebration with a prelude performance. Join us this year when the Brahms String Orchestra from BRAVO Rosa… Continue Reading

Dec 15, 7pm: BRAVO Community Orchestra Fall Concert

  On the last day before the schools take their winter holiday, please join us for a delightful program from our orchestra that puts BRAVO students together with community members of all ages. Featuring selections by Schubert, Bizet, Tchaikovsky, and some lighter holiday fare. Friday, December 15    7pm Buckley Auditorium,  University of Portland 5000… Continue Reading

Dec 13, 6pm: Winds Winter Concert at Cesar Chavez School

  Please join us for this showcase of the three BRAVO wind ensembles: Teresa Carreno and Marsalis Winds from BRAVO Cesar Chavez, and D’Rivera Winds from BRAVO Clarendon (our newest site). 2nd through 7th graders perform their favorite pieces for each other, for their families, and for our guests. This is a wonderful chance to… Continue Reading

Dec 10, 3:30pm: Prelude performance at the Schnitz

For the fifth year, the Oregon Symphony has invited BRAVO’s newest young musicians to present a Prelude Concert in the lobby of the Schnitz prior to their annual Gospel Christmas concert. Please join us half an hour prior to the concert and stay for one of the most joyous and uplifting traditions of Portland’s holiday… Continue Reading